April 27, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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This event is about:
Star trails, Mountains lit up by moonlight, (MoonBow? depending on conditions) and whatever you want to take a picture of in Yosemite. This is a one night event.
Event RSVP/waitinglist, lottery, attendance, limit etc:
The waitinglist and lottery is to give everyone that signs up for this event a fair chance to be selected and able to attend because group size is limited and this is a special event.
This event is limited to 15. The event is limited to 15 because I don't want to deal with more people, some locations don't provide more space and we are not alone there!
A lottery was held on April 19th. Everyone on the waiting list will be in the pool for the lottery. People with the most recent no-shows or who have proved troublesome to deal with will get the lowest priority at the selection process.
The event on Friday the 26th is the same with the exception that confirmed/official moonbow calculations are available. If you have time to attend on both days please sign up for both days and send me an email which day you prefer to attend.
You will be allowed to attend only Friday or Saturday and not both events.
I'm tracking no Shows for this event. Guests are not permitted.
If you change to a "NO" status less than 3 days prior to the event you are counted as a No-Show. (i.e. after April 24th , 9:00 PM)
What you need:
- camera with lenses that cover an effective (35mm full frame equivalent) focal length of[masked]mm is recommended
- 1-2 spare charged camera batteries or battery grip or external power source
- spare memory card(s)
- sturdy/solid tripod where nothing wiggles or is lose
- rain cover for camera and lens (can be just a simple plastic bag with rubber band), lint free cloth to wipe water from lens/filter
- for taking star trails you need an intervalometer which can be one integrated in the camera (max 30s shutter speed) or external intervalometer
- red light! (or flash light that can be switched to red light) + spare battery and/or spare light
- comfy and warm shoes, warm layered clothing, knit hat, light gloves, heavy socks : from day to night temperatures will drop up to 40°F)
- water, snacks
Sunrise: 6:07am Sunset: 7:44pm
(Illumination 91%) Moonrise: 10:18pm Moonset(Sunday): 8:29am
Civil 5:39am 8:13pm
Nautical: 5:05am 8:47pm
Astron': 4:29am 9:23pm
Moonbow time ???? There is no official time! I'll try to do a calculation but cannot promise anything.
There is a calculation for the moonbow on Friday night. If you don't want to miss the moonbow consider going Friday night to Yosemite (too).
Carpooling strongly recommended
Parking in the park is free. But there is a National Park fee per vehicle of $20 (valid for a week).
Q&A about night photography: http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/8314753
If you want to do star trails and haven't done it yet you may want to read up on that, http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/?s=startrail there are also plenty other blogs/articles about that on the Internet.
Why the cryptic event name? Because some people tend not to read the event descriptions if the title gives away what the event is about. Hopefully now they read the description.